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to open the story's not just the offspring of the middle east but regarded none of religion. the class's and religions and that's appeal. it sets its merit. >> how is it viewed in the middle east when i think those were two separate questions. that would provide suspicion on the part of the middle east when the school opened in the late 1860's who didn't have deep roots in the region, but rather quickly it became apparent to the middle easterners who were not just orthodox christians, but muslims and jews because this was the best place to get the best possible education and at the generation by 1900 had become what it remains to this day which is part of the middle east and what's magnificent about that is it is an all-inclusive institution founded by serving the interest of the people of the middle east regarding of background. and this is an example of the united states giving to the region and not taking away from it. >> do you see it as being a part of american diplomacy to the middle east? >> only ander equine because leadership of that school has maintained its independence for
, to families,j) for generations, and the storyk) of americj)a's influence in then middle east. who was dana? >> the founder of what later became the american university of beirut. >> added he go about doing that? >> a lot of american entrepreneur real spirit. >> made the family quite wealthy. >> what was his goal in founding the american university? >> his initial goal differ from a became his life's work. he arrived in the middle east and 1850's determined to convert muslims to christianity and very quickly realized that wasn't going to happen and that's the way to make a connection was not to convert them, but to educate them and to improve their lives and tangible, concrete ways because that is with they responded to positively. once he had that in sight he ran with it and develop what they became the harvard of the middle east. >> is is still open? >> it is time indeed. weathered many tough years. it remains open and stay that way even through the tough times of the civil war. >> who owns it? who runs it? >> it is still run by a very impressive faculty of professors and administrators w
. there are plenty of other problems in the middle east. first, syria -- i concur with everything dennis said. first of all, for the longest time, many people thought the fall of assad was inevitable so we would not have to do that much to provoke it. i'm not so sure, not because i don't think this insurgency is effected. i have been on the receiving end of a number of insurgencies in my career is. this is a very powerful and effective one. iran has command -- has committed -- syria has committed powerful friends that appear to be ready to go to the mat to make sure the assad regime will stay in power. that is russia and iran. the result could be an assad that stays in power, an iranian victory that will mark the good for our efforts to move iran to the negotiating table on nuclear weapons, and, in wide portions of syria, and no man's land like the somalia were militants associate with al-qaeda will find a new home. we already see some of this. this is another reason why the administration needs to engage through military means of necessary directly or indirectly providing weapons and things like no
: in your book, where do you begin talking about u.s. involvement in the middle east? >> guest: well, the u.s. involvement in the middle east goes much further back. we're specifically looking at the persian gulf, and although u.s. navy frigates and ships paid some port calls in previous centuries, it really is world war ii that the united states and its military gets involved in the gulf in a big way. >> host: why? >> guest: well, surprisingly, it doesn't have to do directly with oil. world war iimarked the entry of the united states and its military for two reasons. one is to provide a secure pathway for supplies to our bee league erred soviet russian allies in their quest to defeat the germans. so the persian gulf route represented one pathway the united states could send lease equipment through a back channel, through persia and iraq or iran, through the mountains, and were picked up by the russians north of tehran. and for a second reason, a much smaller percentage of personnel were involved in training missions, in both iran and saudi arabia. but whereas after the end of world war ii,
, diplomats are attempting to broker a ceasefire. in jerusalem, middle east peace envoy tony blair met with perez to stop the rocket attacks. >> it is clear we do not have any ambition to gain an advantage but we just want to stop the fire. >> more than 1000 rockets have been fired from a hamas- controlled gaza into israel. the defense system has stopped most of the rockets and from entering your system, but not all. hamas has two demands, says their exile leader in cairo. israel must under bombardment and they must lift the blockade of the strip. he said it was israel's responsibility to stop the current conflict because it was them who started it. both sides remain firm that it is up to the other to stop the violence. another recipe for an imminent cease-fire. >> our jerusalem correspondent is now in gaza. we have her on the line. what is the situation where you are? >> the situation is difficult here. tonight, it's a bit more client -- quiet but it is disrupted by air strikes. shops are closed. people only go out if they really have to. because many shops are closed, the tunnels in
threaten to boil over into full-scale war. abc's christiane amanpour reports from a middle east on the brink. >>> and, the cutest curse. a jungle creature so adorable it became a cuddly youtube sensation. how sudden fame could be the downfall of these big-eyed beasts. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," november 16th, 2012. >> good friday evening, i'm bill weir. well, only in america is it controversial for me to begin tonight's program by declaring that global warming is really happening. for doubters, 332-straight months of above average temperatures is not proof enough. and even among believers, there's a fight over who to blame, god or man, natural cycles of fossil fuels. the very words climate change were noticeably absent from this past election, but sandy brought them back in a big way and eager to fuel the conversation, two artists convinced they can help skeptics see climate change in ways scientists cannot. if you drive outside of juneau, alaska, past nugget falls a
-by-side. yes, it may sound impossible. but scientists from across the middle east are working on an accelerator in jordan right now. our correspondent has been given the exclusive access. >> a new research center in jordon and something almost unimaginable is taking place. a hand of friendship is offered across a violent divide. and he -- a palestinian side by side with an israeli. he is a scientist -- these are scientists that have come from across the middle east. science is achieving what diplomacy has failed to. these researchers from countries openly hostile toward each other, even is a lot -- iran and israel, are happy to stand together. they're working on a bass instrument designed to investigate the -- bass instrument designed to investigate the tiny stoxx. >> i think it is remarkable, but it has happened. and it is because the fine to the communities in these countries have pushed for this, ignoring the political barriers. they can't possibly build bridges of trust that will help in other areas -- can possibly build bridges of trust that will help in other areas. >> it is a powerful mi
of the security challenges until the middle east. a look at the impact of the presidential election on view as relations in the middle east. >> these are the casualties of the spirit, the troubled in mind. some patience require special therapy, hypnosis is often effective. >> now, you are a deep sleep. we are going back. we're going back, now. >> one of the most important procedures is group psychotherapy. the patient learns to understand something of the basic causes of his distress. >> if we can get some illustrations of how one personal safety would stem from childhood safety. i was ashamed -- to tell them what i had done. i kept it to myself. >> this weekend, the 1946 open " let there be light." the world war ii documentary. what's this rarely seen and once censored work sunday at 4:00 eastern. >> my favorite program is "book tv." i also like the coverage of the book fares on but tv. occasionally they will cover lectures from historians, universities, or sometimes book fairs. i like the diversity of the coverage because i learned about topics that a baby would not encounter on my normal
in asia, the middle east and europe, depending on where it was, now russia has the problem of a declining population. declining russian population and muslim population that is forward of the muslim world. 3,000 miles from china which is based tricky dick nightmare in the sense that there are thirty million russians are on one side and 1 billion chinese on the other end the middle east which is an ideological nightmare and in europe, a historically difficult one for them so how -- and yet the image russia has of its leadership is that they have to be considered as a principal country in order to be taken seriously so fundamentally russia has to look for a pattern of cooperation but found methods of doing it but russia is not strategic to the west, bringing pressure on its neighboring countries of ukraine -- and it will want to cooperate ukraine into its own system, but i must say, independent ukraine is important for the peace of europe, many of the western countries to the ukraine, pressuring and all the time about its domestic situation is not necessarily compared with a recognition of
is a professor of middle east history at trinity university iy san antonio.nker a prolific writer and thinker ot the middle east and what is t' happening in the region.e it's a treat to have him here today. he has written his new bookyriat "syria: the fall of the house of assad", which i'm hoping you you sign all purchase debt and assigned. again and sign my copy first. he has met extensively witheadi president assad and leading bete syrian officials.n the he has been in the middle east,, studying the middle east, makin, connections and reason that's he important is, of course, hee'son knows of what speaks. to write n without understanding the players, and lucky for us professor lesch knows quite a bit about what is happening in syria and can answer some of the very important issues taking place today. in fact, this past month has been a lot of can aviate there he is going to touch on. i am the host of idea lounge on coon radio. and i would like to thank the textbook festival for inviting to us be here. [applause] >> thank you. >> just as pint of housekeeping, we're going to be conversing for a
tonight, celebrations in the middle east over the fragile peace, a cease-fire, the israeli president, netanyahu. >> we want the entire world to understand our people. and we can explain the faces, the pale faces of the leaders of the enemy, because they have failed in their attempt. >> i have toay that all of this was done with the firm support on the part of the leaders of the international community, and i would like especially to thank president barack obama for his unreserved support. >> questions on both sides and around the world. how long can peace last? i want to go now to cnn's arwa damon, is there a sense of the strength of the position in the last eight or nine days? >> reporter: there is, certainly if you look at the terms because there is a cease-fire agreement. at the very least it does state that israel must open the border crossings to facilitate the movement of people. we don't know what it will translate to at this stage. but from the people we speak to here, they do feel that this time around, the israelis, yes, it was indirectly, but they were forced to come to an
in the middle east. elections are coming up. israel, jordan, egypt, iran, and elsewhere, we're seeing in front of our eyes more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations felt in every one of those country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to bahrain, it's a low boil, ready to burst out in a way that would affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there's two problems at the far end of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on one hand and spread of al-qaeda and spread of terrorism on the other that will continue to dominate unless we forget within a year of taking office, both presidents obama and bush, his predecessor, were faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challengedded their middle east policies. 9/11 for president bush, and the arab spring for president obama. there's a lot on the agenda. today, we're going to take an early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of a second obama administration in the middle east. now, we, at the washington institute, for us, this is just the beginning of a -- of quite a number of events
a number of cyber attacks in the middle east in recent months. i think, with that in mind r you see an international response of countries and organizations like nato, the u.n., former soviet block countries. there's a group called the shanghai group including china, all trying to struggle a bit with how to think about how to use cyber weapons and how to use cyber warfare capabilities in the future, and how those ideas -- how -- what happens with those ideas when they hit our international legal norms that we've been used to over the past number of decades. the u.n. charter, the use of force, what prompts a right to self-defense of the nation state, and you see here, and there's lots of examples like this, the u.s. 2010 national security strategy describing cyber threats to particularly serious -- the russians have also come up with their own statements about when force can be used in cyberspace. you see this in the u.k., canada, and most major military, especially western countries are articulating strategies about what does it mean to use offensive cyber weapons, when would we use
're conducting in chicago later this month. and we also recently participated in the panel on the middle east with the council in chicago. and, as i said, we're so pleased that they have come here today. the council's most recent biennial survey which looks at american public opinion on the u.s.'s role in the post-9/11 world will be the launch pad for today's conversation. all on this panel and i were in government on 9/11 which, by the way, occurred on a crisp and clear tuesday, which will be tomorrow's weather so i understand, and the day of the week that is tomorrow. we were in different roles. all of us regardless of our party position or party, struggle to find the right strategies to keep our country safe. looking back on it, we did some things right and some things wrong. i lament especially that we never debated and put in place a comprehensive legal framework for the post-9/11 world. mike hayden, who you'll meet in a moment, was prepared to help with this by fully briefing the intelligence committees at more than one point. but at one point was called back by the white house and not
in the middle east. rockets crisscrossing the skies, the death toll climbing. and tonight, growing fear of all-out war between the israelis and palestinians. abc's christiane amanpour reports from the conflict. >>> and, baby wanted. families on a journey to adopt a child, on the same website that lists used cars, cell phones and sofas. inside the rise of do it yourself craigslist adoption. >>> plus, man versus monster. >> ah! >> our team travels to the deepest wilds of the amazon with an adventurer on a mission. to unearth the planet's most mysterious predators. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," november 15th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. tonight, we go on the air, intensifying missile attacks are pounding the gaza strip. part of an escalating conflict that has the world holding its breath, fearing a new war in the middle east could erupt at any moment. tensions between the israelis and palestinians are threatening to boil over, in a region still destabilized from the arab
intractable struggles amongst people to share similar dna. let's talk about the middle east. transition, transition. anyway, so while we were away the middle east exploded into violence, centering on the gaza strip. okay, that is-- (laughter) that is the great gazoo can we get a locater for the gaza strip, that is gaga's lips. that's not-- that is gosling stripped, that's not-- (cheers and applause) really? all right, fine, leave that up. there you go. all right. at least it's something nice to look at for the tough story. must be weird to be that dude. (laughter) walking into a room and people go-- aaahhhh! anyway what has been happening in the gosling strip. >> the first bus bombing in tel aviv in eight years. >> roughly 850 rockets have been fired at israel from gaza. >> a senior israeli official says israel is ready for a ground invasion. >> we know ten members of one family, also two media centers. >> that was a rather large explosion. (laughter) and a rather nonplused reaction i might add. for god's sake, anderson cooper, do you have to run towards every single danger. somebody ge
evening, everybody. i am lou dobbs. uncertainty in the middle east tonight. hamas firing nearly 2000 rockets into israel since last wednesday. israel countering with more than 1400 targeted airstrikes that have killed, others, a senior member of hamas military wing in gaza. israel as quitting the bombing campaign while targeting hamas activists in their homes. hundreds wounded or dead so far as both sides say it is up to the other to end the fighting and move toward a truce. u.n. secretary-general in egypt leading the effort to mediate a cease-fire between the two sides. fox news now reporting therefore part in their demands. a truce will happen maybe never. the prime minister of turkey earlier today accused israel of being a terrorist state. president obama reportedly making nearly daily calls israeli prime minister benjamin s. nonetanyahu meeting restraind while he demands israel meet his conditions. the president, mr. obama, chosen this difficult moment to pivot to embark on a 48 visiting burma, thailand and cambodia turn the foreign-policy from the atlantic and mediterranean to t
more -- in the u.s., when i look at, it has been framed as the stabilizing force in middle east, and what comes with it also it next debate about foreign aid to egypt, who will contribute side now morsey in washington, including congress about foreign aid. shy the guarantor of this agreement, and last, iran will emerge as a long-term victor of this because iran is arming hamas, iran is moving to make sure that issues would be deflective from syria to gaza, so the long-term victor is iran, immediate term viktor is morsey and hamas. lou: eli, is there with this ceasefire, perhaps seeds of greater violence? i mean, there is about iran, sense they have benefitted, they have won an advantage in this short-term, we'll see where it leads a ceasefire there is also, the new strength in standing of morsi, so long as he can hold it together. this is a shift, that we've not seen before. your thoughts? >> well, my sense of it is it, that netanyahu in some ways is a winner, he does not have to go into what i think is a no-win situation for a landi land invaf gaza, at this point, any prolonged
for the operations in the middle east and this harsh condemnation on our side. >> i had personal experience of reporting on this for so long. i see it with northern ireland. he sorted peace there and he did it the hard way. he sat down with the terrorist group like hamas and negotiated it through and legitimized itten the end do you think it is inevitable and essential that the same process happens with hamas that so many arab countries believe that it is an elected body and should be legitimized? >> we saw a two track process. there were no huge preconditions put forward? the weapons while at the same time and peace talks there is a lesson there for the israeli side to commit to talks without the preconditions that do away with the charter. you must give up where weapons and give up the jewish state. that over the last 20 or 30 years has resulted in the constant situation of going to war. that can't be upheld. there is in the new middle east. now it has allies in egypt and turkey and these are u.s. allies and it is an important junction now capitalize on the post war situation to try and b
in the white house they need a cease-fire negotiation in the middle east asap. it could come down to a test of the new egyptian government. nbc's deputy political editor mark murray will join us live. plus, new jersey governor chris christie, you might say he stole the show on "snl." >> you have been wearing that fleece a lot. >> yaeshgs it's basically fused to my skin at this point. >> we'll have more. it's one of the things we thought you should know. >>> welcome back. president obama now on the last leg of his unprecedented trip to southeast asia. the president went to the east asia summit after visiting thailand and myanmar, where he became the first u.s. president to visit the once isolated nation. and this was the scene as the president's motorcade drove through the streets of myanmar. he received a warm welcome, many people lining the streets to get a glimpse and others waved american flags. he met with opposition leader aung san suu kyi who spent several years under house arrest under the rule of myanmar's military. he praised the nation's transition to democracy but told leaders th
competing globally. the middle east, china, afghanistan, pakistan and u.s. energy policy as the six top issues. starting with that. looking at its strategically, do you feel that those are the core issues before president obama and this administration and our country going into 2013? if not, what would you change? what would you add? >> when i was informed by lori murray about the outcome of the process by which the world affairs council went through and came up with those six issues, i thought you had it exactly right. i think those are the big issues and congratulations to you. i think you had them just right. i think there's an overarching issue on top of all of them in some sense enables all of them. and that is if you look at the national security challenges and foreign policy challenges we face, i say the number one challenge is getting our fiscal house in order. getting a handle on the debt. getting a handle on the deficit which are critical in order to get the economy growing again and people back to work. and think that is over -- it's certainly number one domestic challenge. m
television provider. >> next, a discussion on the middle east in the aftermath of the arab spring. >> this was part of a national security council friday. this is an hour. >> thank you for this stimulating conference so far. like america, i am awash in debt. it is time to make good on those promises. to shibly tilami whom i've had the pleasure of seeing, i'm owing you a way overdue thank you. professor tilami is a distinguished former advisor -- current advisor to many government agencies, u.s. leaders and diplomats, and he is a prolific and best-selling author. let me quote from the top of his web site at the university of maryland where he is the anwar sadat professor of peace. "i have always believed good scholarship can be relevant and cons consequential for public policy. it is possible to affect public policy without being an advocate. to be passionate about peace without losing analytical power. to be moved by what is just while conceding that no one has a monopoly on justice." i think our other scholars and our world affairs council college shares that sentiment. jinan re
in the middle east. professor, who was daniel? >> he was the founder of what became the university of beirut. >> how did he go about doing that? >> a lot of american on to the real spirit. he also had the financial backing. the copper conglomerate that made the family wealthy in the 19th century. >> what was reverend list's goal in founding the american university in beirut? >> his initial view differed from what became his life's work. he arrived in the middle east in the 1850's and determined to convert muslims to christianity and very quickly realized that wasn't going to happen and it the way to make a connection was not to convert them but to educate them and to include their lives intangible concrete ways because that's what they responded to positively. and once he had that in sight, he ran with it and developed what later became and remainsx the university of the middle east and it's the american institution. >> is it still open? >> it is indeed.
's what sparked violence throughout the middle east. why the director is behind bars this morning. >>> they may be from different jurisdictions but ta did not stop baltimore city and county police from working together. how the team work is keeping you safe. >>> and everything is up to speed here on 95 at 395 in baltimore. but we are still dealing with a massive water main break in the one neighborhood. you are looking now and it will impact a large portion of charles street. >>> the man who shot a congress woman will learn his fate. he shot the then representative gabby give fords in the head -- giffords in the head. she and her husband will be there for the sentencing. six others were killed and 12 injured. >>> he is accused of maken an anti-islam film and stirring up violence in the middle east. and he is in prison but it's not for the movie because he admitted to using an alias that violates his probation from the bank fraud case that he was convicted on. he used another name in the case. the movie portraying the prophet as a womaniser and killer and child molester t sparked p
toward greater freedom and representative form of government. the middle east and especially libya was chris's bandstand. he knew the members gained through collaboration and personal approach. i want to share one last memory. our daughter maggie was born in 1994 with profound life threatening problems and required many surgeries and long hospitalizations during the first few years. "the chronicle" ran a story in 1996. chris's momma -- mom mary cut out that and sent it to cairo. chris took his time to write a thoughtful note expressing his concern and wishing us well, commenting on how cute maggie was. he closed that note as follows. as they say in this part of the world, and you will forgive me for butchering the arabic. may allah make things easier for you. this is my wish for chris's family and friends today, as we mourn his loss. the world will never -- the world never saw a kinder, more resolute and enlightened soul. his integrity, character, empathy, his courage, his tolerance were ever present, unchanging, even with all his success and fame and in the face of every challeng
in the middle east could erupt at any moment. tensions between the israelis and palestinians are threatening to boil over, in a region still destabilized from the arab spring. abc's christiane amanpour reports from a middle east on the brink. christiane? >> reporter: cynthia, tonight, i can tell, you jerusalem where i am is extremely tense. here and around the world, everyone is watching to see who will make the next move in this increasingly deadly game of chess in the holy land. the last time there was this kind of violence was four years ago when israel conducted an air and ground invasion of gaza, it lasted three weeks and left more than 1,000 people dead. after days of tit for tat attacks between israelis and palestinians, the israeli military stepped up, launching what they call operation pillar of defense. its first target was a military chief for hamas. the islamic political party that governs the gaza strip, which israel and the west call a terrorist organization. the israeli defense forces proudly hailed his assassination, releasing this poster. but his death was just the beginning
, wishing you a happy thanksgiving. the middle east... after a temporary ceasefire between israel and palestine was br. "shots" ,. >>> the fighting continues in the middle east after a temporary cease fire between israel and palestine was broken. israel's military -- israel's military struck nearly 200 targets in palestinian territory just overnight. the attacks destroyed government and police compounds including a smuggling tunnel and a 3-story apartment building. hamas militants have struck back with nearly 500 rockets. it looks like israel is now getting ready for a ground invasion, and the conflict in the middle east is very much felt here in the bay area. protesters on both sides of the issue took to the streets outside the israeli consulate in san fransisco. small clusters of pro israel activists were outnumbered by those who support palestine. >> i don't know how come spot military air forces to bomb and kill children. it's very hard to understand it. >> the people on the other side of the street are screaming for the elimination and calling us baby killers. >> they have di
on the conflict in the middle east supporting israel's right to defend its country. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. >> meanwhile, heated exchanges from both sides of the aisle on the fallout from the benghazi terror attack and what krorm former cia director general p at a capital hearing. we begin with president obama in southeast asia at this hour. the president began his three-nation tour in thailand at a news conference with the thai prime minister, he defended israel's right to defend itself but expressed concern over a ground war. >> we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes and work places and potentially killing civilians. we will continue to support israel's right to defend itself. >> chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. good sunday to you. what else do we hear from the president on israel and otherwise? >> a couple of things on israel, he made a plea to allies of the palestinians in particular. the president of e
foreign minister, surely a potent symbol of the post-arab spring middle east. >> now that there is a cease-fire, i am looking forward to working with the foreign minister and others to move this process. >> reporter: in a synchronized statement an hour later in israel, prime minister benjamin netanyahu cautiously endorsed the plan, thanks secretary clinton and president obama, and blaming iran for arming hamas. hamas declared victory sand saying, "we won this round and netanyahu lost in his first war ever. in six months time, we will have more strength and longer range and more accurate missiles." on the palestinian side, the truce was met with jubilation, celebratory gun fire in the gaza strip. on the israeli side, grim-faced israeli leaders briefed the country about this deal. and just hours after they did that, nearly two dozen rockets lobbed from gaza into israel la landed, increasing the skepticism. one israeli official says this is quiet for quiet, nothing more and doubt it will last two minutes. tonight, already, israeli can comedians lampooning leaders for brokering this deal. terr
in the middle east. with a left wing grant a democratic populism in latin america. and then out expect nation that every country would actually converge and ultimately want to look like us will not prove to be accurate. let me give you a sense as to why i think we are heading toward diversity rather than toward ideological convergence. in my mind, the rise of the west followed a unique political and social trajectory. we as americans find our roots in the year 1000, 1100, when europe began to fragment. when the three traditional institutions of authority, the monarchy, the ability -- nobility and the catholic church began to lose their strangled over society. blacksmiths, early bankers, early professionals began to push back against traditional society. and that middle-class grew in size and strength and became the vanguard of the revolution that became the west. about religious pluralism to the reformation, and then when you about political pluralism. because monarchs said to the rising middle class, we want your money to fight wars, and the middle class and find them you want our money, we
for cover in the middle east. as fighting escalates between israel and hamas, world leaders urge peace, but could we see a ground war in gaza before it's all over? >> asia tour. president obama arrives overseas to strengthen economic and political ties in asia, including a visit to myanmar, the first u.s. president to do so. >> j-date. jewish singles using their faith and the web to find the perfect love match. it's our paces of pait. >>> and end of an icon. the maker of twinkies, wonder bread and ding dongs says good-bye. >> i'm viktor blackwell in for randi kaye. >> i want to start this hour with something we heard from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu this morning. we are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation. he is talking about the possibility of ground troops going in behind the air strikes on gaza. israeli war planes have been hammering gaza city for the past few days. ham whereas militants inside gaza have been pirg back matching israel bomb for bomb with their rockets. that has sent civilians scrambling for cover. our frederick plankin is live in south
that the world can be thankful for. a cease-fire in the middle east. secretary of state hillary clinton is heading home now after she and her egyptian counterpart announced the deal to end hostilities and greater cooperation between israel and gaza in the near future. >> the united states welcomes the agreement today for a cease-fire in gaza, for it to hold, the rocket attacks must end. a broader calm returned. the people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> this news comes after more than a week of violence that claimed 140 palestinian and 5 israeli lives. obviously, this day belongs to the israelis and palestinians. but americans should also look at today as proof that we got it right on election day. i want you to take a look at that scene again. that moment lasted just a few minutes. but it represents a week of slow, deliberate diplomacy by the president, secretary clinton and obama's foreign policy team. and a lot of patience. there was no sabre rattling, no caustic w
world and middle east to his assignment. his exemplary gift for making personal connections was invaluable as his role as specific representative and ambassador to one of the most complex and challenging regions of the world. therefore as we join in recognizing ambassador stevens am myself midst a sober outpouring of praise from his family, colleagues, fellow americans and the leaders of this nation, we remember also that chris stevens was beloved by many libyans as well. therefore on behalf of the residents of northern california and our entire state, we join president barack obama, secretary of state hillary rodham clinton, democratic leader nancy pelosi and expensive network of people in saluting ambassador chris stevens who will be remembered for his strong sense of dignity, his humility and his generous service to others. he will be truly missed by all who loved him and by all he served throughout the magnitude of his life's work. thank you for this honor. [applause] >>> members of christopher stevens family, ladies and gentlemen, let me first thank chris stevens' broth
criticism for his leadership in the middle east, also this perception of a strained personal relationship with benjamin netanyahu. >> right. >> this diplomatic win would signal a fresh start for the second term, the second administration of president obama with israel, correct? >> i hope so. i'm not sure. i'm not terribly optimistic about the long-term prospects of any of this, thomas. but i will say i agree secretary clinton would not be going there if there was not almost certainly going to be a truce. i think what's really important here, actually, is her developing a relationship with president morsi. that this is his moment to make a difference on this stage, and having a personal relationship between the secretary of state and president morsi that's more than just we have all this money and we can hurt you. i think these are the kind of intangible things you can only do in person and so that's one thing to look at in this trip. >> susan, do you agree with that and the fact morsi could not be defined as an ally just yet. >> but a partner. >> but a partner. >> yes. as long as we're ho
in the middle east. talk of a rocket pause. but it has not happened. now the united states is for the first time all in as president obama sends the top diplomat to the battle zone. containing the violence in a region on the brink. secretary of state clinton now on the ground. >> america's commitment to israel's security is rock solid and unwavering. >> shep: but with no specific proposal to broker a peace deal, can the u.s. do anything to prevent more bloodshed? plus terror bust about in california. the feds arresting four men they say had ties to the now dead radical preacher anwar al-awlaki. tonight details of what investigators say the suspects had planned. and the dirty secret at some of the nation's biggest airports. filthy and potentially dangerous air inside the terminals. tonight the suspected cause and which airports the feds say are just plain nasty. but we begin with a fox urgent new explosions now in gaza after the secretary of state hillary clinton arrived in the middle east to try to prevent all-out war. live images coming from gaza city. if you watch closely, you can see the fire
of america's influence in the middle east. professor, who wrote this? >> he was the founder of what later became the country of of the root. >> having people by doing this? >> he had a lot of entrepreneurial spirit. he also had the financial backing as well. >> as in dodge cars? >> is in the conglomerate which made him quite wealthy in the 19th century. what was his goal and funding the american university in beirut? >> i think it became his life's work. he was determined to convert muslims to christianity and very quickly realized that wasn't going to happen. another way to make a connection was not to convert them, but to educate them. and to improve it. because that is what they respond to positively. once he had that insight, he developed the heart of thex middle east. >> was it still open? >> it is, indeed. it has weathered many copiers in 1971 until 1975. but it remains open even through the tough times of the civil war. >> who owns and runs a? >> it is still run by an impressive group of professors and administrators who are both middle easterners and americans. the current presid
hear this. and serious developments in the middle east. palestinian mill tapets fired rock -- militants fired rockets at israel's largest city. they fired at tel aviv for the first time in two decades. now israel's troops are on the move. a serious escalation all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." first from fox at 3:00 in new york city, a tough day on capitol hill as lawmakers try to get answers about the terror attack that killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans in libya. actor head of the cia, michael morel, james clapper and matthew olson among those facing questions. members of the house foreign affairs committee are asking whether officials ignored warnings and request for extra security and whether intelligence con flicked it with the -- conflicted with what the obama officials were saying in the aftermath of the attack. >> i am appalled the administration could not anticipate escalating violence , and then failed to step up security measures to protect our diplomats. furthermore we have seen blunder after bluppedder as the administration avoi
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